Fort Hays State University's College of Business and Leadership this year is giving students a chance to voice their opinions and to learn about starting their own businesses with the creation of two new student organizations.
The Dean's Student Advisory Council is made up of 13 students, two from each COBL department and one from each of its honorary and academic organizations.
Through surveys, e-mails and forums, the council will gather comments and concerns from business and leadership majors.
According to Seth Albin, FHSU senior and president of the Dean's Student Advisory Council, the main objective is to gather information from the students and present it to Dr. Steve Williams, dean of the College of Business and Leadership, to let him know what students would like and what they would like to see changed.
" One thing that will make this council successful is student participation," said Albin. "If people look at that e-mail address and ignore it or they look at the forum and ignore it then we are going to have nothing to give Dr. Williams and nothing is going to get changed."
The second student organization is the Entrepreneurship Club.
Robert Lloyd, FHSU graduate student and club CEO, said that the main vision of the organization is to help students, not just members of the organization, learn how to start their own businesses.
The club helps interested students by teaching them how to find the right resources, how to create and implement creative plans and how to tell if a plan is sustainable for the long run.
Speakers like Jaren Weese, founder of Weese and Associates and Bowl-Over.com, an online retailer for bowling balls, also come to the club's meetings and speak about starting a new business.
" What we want to do is look at what people have done who have started their own businesses," said Lloyd. " We want to ask people what kind of mistakes have you made, what kind of challenges have you faced?"
With an official membership of six, the club keeps growing with every meeting. Since the club is not exclusive to COBL students, students from other departments come to the meetings or to hear speakers on certain topics.
" Last week we had some INT people because we had a Web-based business," said Lloyd. "Next week we have a banker coming in and maybe we will have more finance students come to that."
" We are still young, we're learning and we're students," Lloyd said, "and we know that these people who started businesses were once where we are and that?s the exciting part."
For more information on the COBL Dean's Student Advisory Council, contact the council at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Entrepreneurship Club, contact Bobby Lloyd at email@example.com.